Horsemanship / Groundwork
Yarramba Trail Rides
Tours, Horse Riding, Adventure Tours
Yarramba Trail Rides is constantly in demand for its training services, with up to five horses at a time here to be broken in or trained.
Mark's approach starts with taking away a horse's fear, gaining its respect, then putting it in a situation where it can learn what is required.
His methods include 'Join Up' in the round yard where the horse learns to be submissive in the pecking order. The horse learns to accept humans and the things that are associated with them, for example halters, ropes, saddle, bridle, plastic bags, stockwhips and dressage whips. He does not tie the horse up to bag him out, nor hobble him for the same purpose.
The minimum time for starting a young horse is generally a month, and the final result is a horse that can be ridden calmly in all situations on its own and in company, through water, past traffic, opening and shutting gates, and accepting saddlebags and Drizabones.
Most horses misbehave out of fear and a lack of communication from their handler. Always remember that a horse that is bucking or rearing is behaving that way because it feels that its life is threatened by its handler and is following survival instincts to protect itself.
Some problems can be solved in a few sessions, for example horses that are difficult to put onto floats, are headachy, difficult to shoe, will not take a correct canter lead or will not back up.
Generally when we concentrate on teaching horses advanced exercises such as flexions, transitions, canter leads and lateral movements, the horse becomes a calmer and more useful mount. As well as working with difficult horses, Mark also offers horseowners instruction in Join Up, lunging, ground control, exercises to improve balance, rein control and lateral control leading up to flying changes and rollbacks.
'We operate a sheep and cattle property at Eucumbene and lease a block at Snowy Plains where we run cattle for the summer months. Over the last eight or nine years Mark has broken in eight horses for us, all of which have been extremely well handled, easy to get on and off, load on a float, crack a whip off, and ready to go as stock horses when they come back home. We are completely satisfied with Mark's work and have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone.'
Glen & Sue Williams, Eucumbene, June 2006
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